Graham McPhail, a pioneer in historical performance practice in New Zealand, has been a trailblazer since his return from studying with Sigiswald Kuijken in Holland in 1985. In 2004, he co-founded NZ Barok alongside Helen Brinkman. Serving as the artistic co-director, Graham’s visionary leadership has been instrumental in shaping the success of NZ Barok over its impressive 20-year journey, marked by concerts across New Zealand, radio broadcasts, and notable CD recordings.

Graham has played a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of baroque string players in New Zealand. Many of his students, including Miranda Hutton, Amelia Giles, Catherine Polglase, and Lara Hall, contribute significantly to the ongoing success of NZ Barok.

In addition to his role with NZ Barok, Graham serves as an Associate Professor in music education at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work.

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